Best Places to Visit in Lonavala
Lonavala is full of natural beauty, attractions and excursions. This is the best weekend getaway for Mumbaikars and Punekars. Have a look at our list of the Best Places to Visit in Lonavala and make your trip enjoyable.
10 Best Places to Visit in Lonavala
Let’s explore the top 10 Most Beautiful and Best Places to Visit in Lonavala:
Korigad is a beautiful castle perched on a hill near the Aamby valley, about 20 km from Lonavala. This is an easy 6km hike, mostly of stone steps. The fort is about 3,000 feet above sea level so you can enjoy expansive panoramas from all directions.
Once you reach the top of the mountain, you will be able to see the huge gateway to the fort and the 6 ancient cannons, the largest of which is the Lakshmi Toph near the Koraaidevi temple. In addition, there are two lakes, several reservoirs and a temple to visit. But what stands out is the scenery: the lakes of the Aamby Valley, the surrounding lush forested hills, and the highway beyond.
During monsoons, the Corrigard trek is pleasantly green and the tank on the hill is full. From the top of the castle, you will have a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape. This opens up rich opportunities for photographers. Korigad is also a popular night hike and offers many areas for camping at the top.
2. Rajmachi Fort
Perched atop the majestic mountains of the Western Ghats, Rajmachi Fort is a stunning historic fort in Lonavala. Rajmachi Fort is a famous tourist destination in the state. Rajmachi, also known as Udhewadi, is a small village located in the Sahyadri mountains. There are mainly two forts in Rajmachi, one is Shrivardhan Fort and the other is Manaranjan Fort.
Rajmachi Fort is a great place for hikers and makes the tour even more interesting.The real beauty of Rajmachi can be seen during the monsoons when the place gets a new look. Glittering streams, pearly waterfalls and lush green meadows try to create a lush landscape that is pleasing to the eye. There are several caves and monuments to explore in the fort. Other sights in the village worth seeing are the beautiful lake, which is a delight for photographers. The picturesque view around the lake.
3. Tiger Point/Lion Point
Tiger Point atop Lonavala offers idyllic views of the sunset and sunrise scenes. The view of the valley from this point is breathtaking. This is a must for anyone visiting Lonavala. Tiger’s Den or Tiger Leap got its name because it looks like a tiger jumping into a ravine.
Lush greenery, breathtaking valley views, foggy mornings and cool breezes make Tiger Leaping one of the most beautiful spots in Lonavala during the rainy season. Tiger Point is an observation point where you can watch the sunrise and sunset, mountains and valleys. Most hill stations in India have one of these spots and Lonavala is no exception. However, a visit to the hill station would not be complete without visiting one of these “spots”. Tiger Point is also known as Lion Point because the two names are used interchangeably.
4. Lohagad Fort and Visapur Fort
One of the largest forts in Maharashtra is the Lohagad Fort which has two natural ponds, two artificial ponds, a Shiv temple, a Dargah and valley views of the famous Pawna Lake. Standing at an altitude of 3,400 feet, the fort is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its scenic location, the castle attracts travelers, nature lovers, hikers and hikers. The Lohagad fort separates the Indrayani and Pavna basins.
You can reach the top of the fort after passing Hanuman Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja, Maha Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja. This multi-access castle is the perfect place for a walk. So if you’re playing the game for some fun, this castle will justify your focus. For starters, going to this place in Lonavala would be a good choice as its straight-line is relatively easy compared to other places. It looks like an ordinary walk through lush greenery. During monsoons, the fort looks surreal as it is covered in fog and mist.
Visapur Fort is located about 60 kilometers from Pune and 100 kilometers from Mumbai. It is at an elevation of about 1084 meters above sea level and is one of the highest forts in Lonavala. Set on a lush plateau, the castle is a popular destination among nature lovers, hikers and campers.
The peculiarity of one of the three routes that take you to the top is that most of the monsoon season you have to climb the gushing waterfalls.
The fort was part of the Lohagad – Visapur fortification, which is the higher of the two. In addition to the lush scenery of the surrounding area, Visapur offers stunning views of Ticona Fort, Ton Fort, Rohagarde Fort and Lake Poona.
5. Pawna lake
Pawna Lake, 20 km from Lonavala, is an artificial lake surrounded by magnificent beauty. Formed by a dam stretching along the Bona River, the lake is an ideal picnic spot in Lonavala. The road to the lake is a quiet and peaceful journey, with fresh greenery and rolling hills passing by. If you are looking for a peaceful and peaceful day in the beauty of nature, look no further and come here. A peaceful place and a gateway to a great weekend.
The lush trees surrounding this lake give pleasure to those who want to spend time in nature. You can hike to the nearby hills, listen to music, camp there and enjoy delicious food prepared by the locals. The locals provide you with a safe place, security, a tent, food and a speaker that you can connect with your phone or laptop and listen to music while staring at the stars at night. A great place to get some fresh air in Lonavala. You can go almost any time of the year, but we recommend that you avoid the hot summer months. You can book Pawna Camping online.
6. Tikona fort
Fort Ticona, also known as the “Fort of Vitangad”, is a triangular hill fort located near Lonavala. The castle sits high in the mountains and is a hiking destination. The small village near the castle is Ticona Trail. The huge entrance to the castle is a special attraction.
Fort Ticona is a great hiking destination for adventurous traveller. You can enjoy stunning views of the Bona Dam and Visapur, East and Rohagard Forts. The fort surrounds a lake, Satvahan cave and “Trimbakeshwar Mahadev” temple. The fort was built during the Silhara dynasty. There is a temple at the top of the mountain. The views from the top of Pawna Dam, Katingad and the valley are breathtaking, making it one of the most explored places in Lonavala.
7. Narayani Dham Temple
Shree Narayani Dham Temple is located in Lonavala. We visited this temple as we wanted to spend some time in Lonavala. After we went, we saw that it was a very beautiful place.Temples were built on large areas. Still pretty neat and clean. There is a very holistic feel to the temple campus. You can feel comfortable there. The best time to visit the temple is during the rainy months. Temples are where you find inner peace and serenity.
The temple was built in 2002 as a beautiful white marble structure. The main deity of the temple is Maa Narayani and the main shrine is surrounded by shrines dedicated to Ganapathi, Hanuman and other Hindu deities. The god was beautifully adorned with sparkling jewels. The entrance is a 4-story structure with fountains lining the path from the entrance to the temple.
8. Karla caves
Rock-cut structures are one of the most primitive forms of architecture found in various parts of India. Karla Caves, built by Buddhist monks in Lonavala, are one of the best examples of this architectural style.The cave’s most notable feature is its vaulted roof supported by wooden beams that have surprisingly survived the onslaught of the elements for over 2000 years. The wooden umbrella above the chaitya is unique among Buddhist caves in the world.
Absolutely no signs of corrosion. This is perhaps the best example in the world. At the entrance to the main cave is the Ekvira Goddess Temple, which is visited by thousands of devotees from the coastal areas around Mumbai during the annual market (Chaitra) and Navratri in April. Ekvira Temple is to the right of the main cave and to the left is a high column with three lions on top.
9. Bhaja Caves
The Bhaja Caves are a series of 22 rock caves built between the 2nd century BC and the 2nd century AD; the most notable of these is the chaityagraha, with its horseshoe-shaped vaulted ceiling and wooden buildings. There are caves with columns and fascinating reliefs decorating them.
Climbing some 170 steps, we noticed remarkable carvings depicting women in elegant classical dance poses playing tabla-like instruments. One of the most important features of these caves is the stupas. These caves are a star attraction for tourists who are more than happy to visit this ancient architectural marvel. Lonavala can be easily reached by different means of transport.
10. Bedse Cave
Bedse Caves is located in Mavartaluka. Climb just 450 steps. The history of the cave dates back to the 1st century BC. There are two main caves. The most famous cave is the chaitya (prayer hall) with a relatively large stupa, and the other cave is the monastery – vihara. Both caves face east, so it is recommended to visit the caves early in the morning as the beauty of the carvings is enhanced by sunlight. There is also a small “stupa” to the right of the main cave.
The field of Mawal cannot be completed without Bedse. An easy walk up the steps leads to the cave. Also near the Bedse caves are the famous four-man forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona adjacent to the Pawana Dam. The best time to visit Bedse Caves in Lonavala is during the rainy season as the mountains are filled with lush greenery during this time. Also, many small waterfalls have been created that you can enjoy only in the rainy season. It is easy to enjoy the view as this is one of the lesser known places for many tourists.
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